One thing that I am excited about for 2019 is becoming a senior in August. I am excited about this because I have worked so hard to get to where I am. I have so many plans and goals for my last year in high school. I have so much to look for such as applying for colleges, scholarship opportunities, and much more. I feel as if 2019 is going to be a great year for me and I am all for it!

I have set three goals for 2019. My first goal is to get a 30 on the ACT. I already have a 24 so I would just have to boost it up by 6 points. To achieve this goal, I am going to study hard and possibly get a tutor for the math section which has always been the section in which I scored the lowest. Secondly, I plan to get accepted into at least five to ten colleges with the top three being colleges that I desire to attend. The three colleges that I want to attend are The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama, and Auburn University. I will achieve this goal by boosting my ACT score and doing more things in the community and other places so that my college applications would be full of great things that I could be proud to say that I accomplished. My last goal is to become valedictorian of the 2019-2020 senior class of Bullock County High School. This has always been a goal of mine. I had the honor of being valedictorian for my middle school class in 8th grade have always promised myself that I will keep it up and achieve the same goal in high school. I can achieve this goal by keeping my grades up  and for the remainder of my time here.

GEAR UP Alabama fits into these goals because the things that GEAR UP Alabama does ties into these goals that I have set. For instance, GUA is helping me because the writing prompts that the Ambassadors  have to do definitely come in handy with the writing section of the ACT and in my English class. I want to achieve these goals because I want to make it in life. I just don’t want to be a person who settles for less. I want to reach for the stars in everything that I do. If I have the ability to do something, I am going to do it. I will not let anyone detour me from doing the things that I want to do in life and things that I have the capability to do. My past has influenced the decisions that I am making for the future because everything that has happened in my past I use as motivation for whatever I am doing in the present and the future. My past all ties in to my future goals in life and what I desire to be.

By JaLiyah Robinson 
GUA Ambassador
Bullock County High School